Saturday, May 30, 2015 12:39pm
North Adams, MA now: 82 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
LOG IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
Follow iBWatercooler on Twitter
House Repeals 'Tech Tax'
Staff Reports On: 05:25PM / Wednesday September 25, 2013
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
1
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Denim Depot will offer low-priced denim products, including jeans, jackets and handbags.

Store owner Tom Quinton poses as the front desk.


BOSTON — The House of Representatives on Wednesday repealed the much maligned "tech tax" that had been part of the revenue package in this year's state budget.

The addition of the 6.25 percent sales tax to software and computer design services had been estimated to raise $161 million this fiscal year but ran into trouble when no one could adequately explain how it would be implemented. The state's high-tech industry revolted, saying the tax would cost jobs and that its wording was too vague.

"I'm proud of the House's vote today to repeal the so-called tech tax. Our vote sends a strong message to the world that Massachusetts is the place for innovators to succeed and thrive," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

"Because jobs and economic growth are central to the House's agenda, I promised to listen to business leaders and House members on what the tax's impact would be when this measure was initially passed. After listening, we learned of the burden of this tax. Our strong commitment to business and the innovation economy led to its repeal."

The vote was 156-1. The Senate is expected to vote for repeal on Thursday.



     
Disaster Relief Grant Will Be Used to Aid Businesses
Staff Reports On: 07:54AM / Saturday July 13, 2013
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
1
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Denim Depot will offer low-priced denim products, including jeans, jackets and handbags.

Store owner Tom Quinton poses as the front desk.


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires and Franklin County are teaming up on a grant to help small businesses in the two regions.

The project will be launched on Friday, July 19, with an event at 11 a.m. at MediTerra on Main Street.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a Disaster Relief Opportunity grant to the Franklin County Community Development Corp. with project partners Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. The goals are to support small businesses and entrepreneurs that are investing in their businesses and creating jobs.

Officials also see the project as a way to build economic collaboration between Northern Berkshire and Franklin County.

"Small businesses are the heart and soul of our community and this collaboration will bring together a wide variety of services and providers that will be available to our business owners," said Mayor Richard Alcombright in a statement. "Additionally, the ability to provide business planning and modeling along with access to capital and funding sources is a significant win for our businesses."

The mayor said he sees it as a team effort to ensure growth for North County.

The grant provides resources to support direct business technical assistance including individual counseling, trainings, financing, connections to available resources and industry experts for existing businesses and entrepreneurs with business startup ideas. The 18-month grant also provides resources to facilitate capacity building with collaborators in Northern Berkshire for enhancing sustainable business development.

Friday's event will include local and state officials, and Dan Johnson from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office.

"This project will serve and support local businesses that have been struggling to recover from natural disasters and the recession but are looking for an opportunity to create new jobs," said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who represents towns in both counties.

Collaborating organizations:

Northern Berkshire: Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Enterprises/Berkshire Community College, city of North Adams, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, North Adams Chamber of Commerce, town of Adams, and Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.

Franklin County: Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, Greenfield Community College and Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

For more information: Amy Shapiro at 413-774-7204, Ext. 107, or amys@fccdc.org.



     
Amazon to Collect Massachusetts Sales Tax Next Year
On: 10:13AM / Tuesday December 11, 2012
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
1
Infuriating
2
Ridiculous
0

Denim Depot will offer low-priced denim products, including jeans, jackets and handbags.

Store owner Tom Quinton poses as the front desk.


BOSTON — Massachusetts residents will have to pay a little more next holiday season for their online purchases.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Amazon announced on Tuesday an agreement for the online retail giant to collect and remit state sales taxes beginning next Nov. 1. According to the press statement, Amazon also plans to create hundreds of high-tech jobs in Massachusetts in coming years.

Online retailers for years have been under pressure to collect state sales taxes even if they don't have a physical presence in the state. Brick-and-mortar merchants say Web retailers failure to collect taxes puts them at a disadvantage, states that they're losing billions in revenue.

The Congressional Research Service says states lost some $8.6 billion in tax revenue in 2010 alone.

Amazon already collects sales taxes for California, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. Massachusetts and five other states will be added in the next couple years.

"We are thankful Amazon was willing to come to the table and we will continue our conversations with them about creating jobs here," said Patrick in a statement. "This agreement is a win for all sides, and I am pleased it promises to generate millions in long-term revenue for the commonwealth."

Patrick and Amazon officials reiterated support for federal legislation to resolve the sales tax issue. The Supreme Court in 1967 determined that collecting sales tax would place an undue burden on what were then catalog sales but technology has vastly changed the remote retail industry.

"We appreciate Governor Patrick's commitment to Massachusetts jobs and investment and his support for legislation now before Congress that would provide a final resolution to the sales tax issue," said Paul Misener, Amazon vice president of global public policy. "We look forward to creating hundreds of high tech jobs in Massachusetts and continuing to work with Governor Patrick, state leaders, retailers and Congress to pass federal legislation permitting interstate sales tax collection."
 



     
Best Buy at Berkshire Mall Staying Open
By Larry Kratka On: 05:52PM / Monday April 16, 2012
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
1
Awesome
2
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Denim Depot will offer low-priced denim products, including jeans, jackets and handbags.

Store owner Tom Quinton poses as the front desk.


LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It looks like the Best Buy store at the Berkshire Mall will be staying open.

Best Buy is reeling from online competition and announced last month that it would be reducing the number of locations in an effort to cut costs. The company has just disclosed the list of retail locations it plans to close this year, which will come to a grand total of 50 stores in the United States.

Boston and Wareham will lose one store each but that's it for Massachusetts. No stores are closing in nearby New York or Connecticut.

The hardest hit states were California, Illinois and Virginia. Best Buy officials said they expect most of these stores will permanently close by May 12. Three additional locations are expected to permanently close later this summer. Best Buy operates 1,400 stores across the nation.

USA Today reported the electronics retailer is also cutting 400 corporate jobs. CEO Brian Dunn stepped down last week. The company has said it will be opening some 100 smaller and more profitable "mobile" stores.


     
Recycle, Renew and Reuse Technology Program Launched
On: 11:35AM / Thursday March 29, 2012
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Denim Depot will offer low-priced denim products, including jeans, jackets and handbags.

Store owner Tom Quinton poses as the front desk.


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank announced the launch of its Recycle, Renew and Reuse Technology Partnership Program.

Through the program, small Berkshire County non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to apply to receive a limited number of computers, telephones and other technology equipment. The technology has been made available as the result of equipment upgrades and recent mergers.

“We are excited to be able to recycle this technology for use by some of the really important non-profit organizations doing great work in our community, but which may not have the resources to maintain up-to-date computers," said Lori Gazzillo, assistant vice president of community relations at Berkshire Bank.

For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com/technology.


     
Page 1 of 3 1  2  3  
News Headlines
Berkshires Weighs In On New Earned Sick Time Law
Warren: Grit, Determination Will Get BCC Graduates to Next Goal
Northern Berkshire United Way Drive Hits Half-Million Mark
BHS, Medicaid Insurers Set Enrollment Fairs
iBerkshire Tag Sales: May 29-30
St. Stan's Pupils Learning How Gardens Grow
United Independent Party Director Launches Bid For Pittsfield Council
NYC Teens Find Connection With Norman Rockwell
Williamstown Town Manager Finalists Named
Adams Community Bank Celebrates Staff

 


Bill Schmick separates the bull from the bears in his weekly columns on investing and market wrap-ups.



Categories:
advertising (10)
agriculture (1)
arts (7)
automotive (4)
awards (16)
banking (41)
Beacon (1)
broadband (1)
business (52)
chamber (25)
closing (5)
development (23)
dining (5)
domestic animals (2)
energy (6)
entertainment (2)
federal (4)
finances (5)
food (5)
fundraiser (3)
green (2)
grocery (5)
hospitality/hotel (5)
housing (0)
insurance (3)
investment (6)
jobs (35)
labor (17)
laws (4)
Legislature (2)
manufacturing (9)
media (8)
medical (4)
networking (33)
new (22)
pricing (1)
projects (2)
promotion (6)
publishing (12)
radio (2)
real estate (8)
retail (29)
technology (13)
training (5)
transportation (1)
volunteer (1)
website (2)
wholesale (7)
workshops (6)
Archives:
September 2014 (1)
August 2014 (1)
Tags:
Great Barrington Crane & Co. Unemployment Flood Adams State Excelsior Merger Berkshire Enterprises Gas Prices Baldwin Unemployment Breakfast Pine Cone Hill Expansion Sabic Pittsfield Walmart Small Business Store Opening Currency Wmeco Bj's Berkshire Creative Williamstown Jobs Talkberkshires Berkshire Living Auction Statistics Berkshire Chamber Of Commerce Berkshire Chamber Statistics Qualprint North Adams
Popular Entries:
Berkshire Jobless Rates Drop
Bay State Continues to Add Jobs
Excelsior Brings Greeting Card Co. To North Adams
White Hart Inn For Sale for $5M
New Dog Training Center Open in North Adams
Covanta's Pittsfield Facility Gets High Marks from OSHA
Williamstown Chamber Seeks Input on Future Role
Adams Co-Op, South Adams Bank Merger Approved
Storey Publishing to Host Next Creative Challenge
Aladco Installs New 'Green' Washing Machine
Recent Entries:
Berkshire Eagle Parent Mulling Newspaper Sales
Digitial First Puts Vermont News Buildings on the Market
Berkshire Chamber, Neal Hosting Facebook for Business Workshop
Winstanley Wins Big at Annual ADDY Awards
Eggs & Issues Event Focuses on Rail Cars, Development
State Unemployement Rate Drops Slightly
New Biotech Firm Setting Up in Pittsfield
Crane Museum Opens Retail Store
License Commission Approves River Street Package Move
North Adams Big Y Celebrates Renovations


BCC Commencement 2015
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave the keynote speech at...
North Berkshire Relay for...
The 10th annual Northern Berkshire Relay for Life was held...
Lacrosse: Hoosac at Wahconah
The Wahconah boy's lacrosse team earned its 10th win of the...
Lacrosse: Monument at Taconic
It was a fourth quarter timeout called by the Monument...
St. Joseph Prom 2015
St. Joseph Central High School held their 2015 Prom at the...
Third Thursday May 2015
Pittsfield's monthly summer street festival, 3rd Thursday,...
Girls Inc. Awards 2015
Girls Inc. honored scholarship recipients at the annual...
Williamstown Memorial Day...
Williamstown marked Memorial Day with a parade on Main...
Cheshire Memorial Day 2015
Cheshire residents, veterans, and special guests follow the...
Adams Memorial Day 2015
Adams observed Memorial Day with a parade and a ceremony at...
North Adams Memorial Day 2015
Residents, veterans, and guests met at the Veterans...
Clarksburg Memorial Day 2015
Clarksburg held Memorial Day observances at Town Hall with...
Pittsfield Memorial Day 2015
Pittsfield celebrated Memorial Day on Monday with a parade...
Wahconah High Prom 2015
Wahconah Regional High School held its 2015 Prom at the...
Lacrosse: Wahconah at Taconic
Wahconah won over Taconic 13-3 Friday afternoon.
Lanesborough Memorial Day...
Lanesborough celebrated Memorial Day Sunday with a parade...
BCC Commencement 2015
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave the keynote speech at...
North Berkshire Relay for...
The 10th annual Northern Berkshire Relay for Life was held...
Lacrosse: Hoosac at Wahconah
The Wahconah boy's lacrosse team earned its 10th win of the...
Lacrosse: Monument at Taconic
It was a fourth quarter timeout called by the Monument...
St. Joseph Prom 2015
St. Joseph Central High School held their 2015 Prom at the...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings |
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2012 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved

Privacy Policy| User Agreement